Rediscover your favourite places in the Lake District. With warm days and light nights, we think it's one of the best times to explore all the Lakes has to offer - here are our top 9 things to do this summer.
Make the most of long, sunny days exploring the great outdoors. We're home to mountains, rolling hills, lakes, woodlands and wildlife. Find the perfect place to play out this summer in the Lake District.
By a lake, in the woods or in the grounds of a historic home, make the most of the sunny weather with these perfect picnic spots in the Lake District. Unroll your blanket, pack your favourite treats, and enjoy lunch in the great outdoors.
Get the best out of your visit to the Lake District by planning ahead. We're expecting the Lakes to be very busy this summer, so we've pulled together the tools, tips and guidance to help you make the most out of your trip and help us look after the Lake District. Find a car park, understand where you can and cannot stay overnight and get tips for ways to stay safe in the Lakes.
The gardens and estate at Sizergh are bursting with the sights and smells of summer. Stretch your legs in the woodlands and explore the wild-life rich wetlands. Inside, the house is a treasure-trove of trinkets collected by 26 generations of the Strickland family. Relax over a cuppa in the cafe, or takeaway to enjoy while you explore.
This lakeshore park with stunning mountain views is situated at the very southern tip of Lake Windermere. Stroll along paths to find flower meadows and the Pinetum – the park’s collection of specimen trees. Make a splash with rowboat, kayak and paddleboard hire this summer. If you're visiting at busy periods like weekends and school holidays, please book your tickets in advance to guarantee entry.
There’s a kaleidoscope of colour waiting to be discovered in the gardens at Acorn Bank. Soak up the fragrant smells of the National Trust’s largest herb collection, and walk through the peaceful woodlands, discovering Acorn Bank’s surprising industrial heritage and wildlife as you explore. Pick up a treat in the pop-up café, and stop by the working watermill.
Beatrix Potter's 17th-century farmhouse: a time-capsule of her life.
The cottage garden is a haphazard mix of flowers, herbs, fruit and vegetables. Make your way up the garden path and see for yourself why Beatrix loved this place. Book your tickets in advance to guarantee entry.
Enjoy a summer stroll through the gardens and woodlands at Allan Bank. Stop by the feeders to spot the resident red squirrels. Step inside and browse the temporary installation shining a light on three of Allan Bank’s most famous former residents. Tuck into a picnic on the lawn soaking up the views across Grasmere and Loughrigg fell.
The childhood home of William Wordsworth. Stroll through the quiet walled garden, bursting with summer scent and colour, and discover the place where William learned his love of nature. Inside the Georgian townhouse, the rooms give a glimpse into life in the 1770s.
A traditional Lake District stone and slate farmhouse, full of intricately carved furniture and rare books. Step into the garden and enjoy far-reaching views over the Troutbeck valley. Book ahead to guarantee entry.
Tucked away in the village of Hawkshead, Beatrix Potter's gallery is one of the only places you can see original watercolour illustrations and drawings from one of our favourite Lake District authors. Book your ticket in advance to guarantee entry.
Some of the smaller places we care for in England will be opening with guided tours, so you’ll need to pre-book before your visit. These tours will be led by expert volunteers and will show the places in a new light. You may also need to book in advance at some other places temporarily, where visitor numbers need to be limited for practical reasons.
Round off your day in the Langdales with a bite to eat at Sticklebarn. Enjoy super tasty light bites, hearty meals and drinks, sourced locally and all in the name of a great cause – looking after the Lakes. Relax indoors or make the most of hazy summer evenings on the terrace overlooking the rugged scenery of Great Langdale Valley.
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, there's so much to explore on a holiday in the Lake District. Discover craggy fells, wildflower-rich meadows, traditional sheep farms and crystal-clear lakes. We have a wide range of accommodation across the Lake District, from lakeside cottages to rustic bothies and campsites for you to browse and plan your stay.